Ysabel Pinyol is the Curatorial Director of Mana Contemporary (Chicago, Miami, and Jersey City) and Co-Founder of Mana Residencies. Originally from Barcelona, she earned a Masters of Architecture (M.Arch) from Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB) in 2006. Pinyol began collecting art over two decades ago and opened her gallery in Barcelona in 2007, which she directed until 2011. Since Mana Contemporary’s inception in 2011, she has curated several notable exhibitions, including Mana Seven for Miami Art Week (2016), The T’ang Horse: The Passions of Anthony Quinn (2016), and Pablo Picasso: La Tauromaquia (2014). She is currently curating two exhibitions: Each state of mind is irreducible: Spanish and Latin American Art (opening on October 15, 2017 at Hudson County Community College, Jersey City) and Exquisite Corpse: Moving Image in Latin American and Asian Art (opening on December 5, 2017 at Mana Wynwood during Miami Art Week 2017).
Alt-Art Spaces and the Question of Identity Refusal: IntroductionBy Ysabel Pinyol
Despite the rise of alternative arts spaces in New York and around the world, especially within the last decade, we are still unable to shed pressures to define nontraditional arts spaces.